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February 11 2016 By dvirtue LGBTI Mission -- A Vision of the Future Church of England

A well produced document details the complaints about the current situation in the Church of England, states what the group would like to see changed, and itemizes some action plans to bring about the revolution.

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February 11 2016 By dvirtue LONDON, ENGLAND: Palace of Henry VIII to Hold First Catholic Service in Nearly 500 Years

Both churches are grappling with internal divisions, including a battle over homosexuality, and the service comes as several high-profile figures, including some members of the royal family and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, have left the Anglican Church. (In 2011, a ban on a British monarch marrying a Roman Catholic was lifted after more than three centuries, but Roman Catholics are still barred from taking the throne).

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February 08 2016 By dvirtue Poll Spun to apply Pressure to Church of England on same-sex 'Marriage'

Ms. Ozanne and others hailed this result as indicative of a shift in public opinion, as compared to a YouGov survey three years ago. At that time, 38 per cent of Anglicans said they supported same-sex 'marriage', while 47 per cent said they believed it was wrong.

Rev Peter Ould, a consultant statistician and Church of England priest, has joined others in questioning the accuracy of the way in which the poll has been represented.

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February 05 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Controversial Chapel Invitation Brings Tensions to Wycliffe Hall Oxford

Martyn Percy is well known as a liberal theologian and has a record of public statements that challenge orthodoxy, particularly in the field of sexual ethics. He is an outspoken advocate for full LGBTI inclusion in the life and ministry of the Church of England, and the revision of the Church of England's traditional understanding of marriage.

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January 26 2016 By dvirtue UK: Reform Should Steer Clear of Socially Marxist Vocabulary

That is why the UK Anglican evangelical network Reform would be advised to avoid the words 'homophobic' and 'homophobia' or explain clearly that biblically orthodox Christians ought to understand them very differently from Western politically correct social Marxists.

In its media statement following the Anglican Communion Primates' meeting in Canterbury, Reform echoed their communique:

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January 23 2016 By dvirtue ENGLAND: Vicars should grow beards to reach out to Muslims, bishop suggests

It brings together the most unlikely of bedfellows from Prince Harry to Gerry Adams and even -- in many depictions -- God himself.

Now the fashion for beards has been given the blessing of the Church of England, after one of the country's most senior clerics praised vicars who grow them to appeal to Muslim communities around them.

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January 13 2016 By dvirtue Anglican leaders have warned that the Church of England is facing falling congregations

Official figures -- based on an annual pew count -- show that only 1.4 per cent of the population of England now attend Anglican services on a typical Sunday morning.

Even the Church's preferred "weekly" attendance figures, which include those at mid-week or extra services, has slipped below one million for the first time ever.

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January 12 2016 By dvirtue Archbishop Justin Welby invites Jean Vanier to speak at Primates' gathering

There are now 150 L'Arche communities in at least 35 countries around the world, including a community in Canterbury.

Vanier will address the Primates in the second half of next week.

Last year Vanier, who has authored over 30 books, was honoured with the Templeton Prize in recognition of his advocacy for people with disabilities, and his contributions to a broader exploration of helping the weak and vulnerable.

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January 10 2016 By dvirtue Church of England fears gay rights talks could end global Anglican communion

"There's going to be a lot of drama," said a senior C of E source. "It's 90% likely that the six will walk out. If we get past Tuesday, we'll be doing well."

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January 02 2016 By dvirtue Welby’s Populist New Year Message Fails Theological Test

It is a shame to begin the New Year with criticism, so let it be done as gently as it can. But in a message from an Archbishop to a nation and a culture in turmoil, one might have hoped for a little more.

One might have looked for an element of the charism of prophesy. The nation is inexorably engaged in a slow but seemingly inevitable process of severing its allegiance to Christ and a culture that was forged from values our ancestors found in the Gospels.

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